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Need help taking your next step? Elders, faculty and staff are here to support you – from getting ready for university studies through to graduation day.

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Convocation info

Convocation is fast approaching! It takes place June 23 and 24 in the Nanaimo campus gymnasium. Got questions? Visit our convocation website.

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Applications are still open

Many programs are still accepting applications! Our recruitment team is here if you have any questions about applying.

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VIU News

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VIU Elder-in-Residence publishes new book

The book explores the history and meaning behind petroglyphs throughout the Nanaimo area.Vancouver Island University (VIU) Elder-in-Residence C-tasi:a -...

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VIU’s View Gallery presents Photo Salon 2022 hosted by Harbour City Photography Club

Exhibit that features some of the Island’s best photography runs from June 18 to 26.After a two-year hiatus, the Nanaimo Harbour City Photography Club’s annual...

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VIU awards honorary degree to acclaimed Canadian sculpture artist

Barbara Paterson will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at the June 24 morning convocation ceremony. ??--If there’s a piece of advice Barbara...

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VIU Events


Orange Hearts Unveiling

Office of Indigenous Education & Engagement and Services for Aboriginal Students has been working with facilities to post orange hearts on campus and will...


Grill N' Chill Summer BBQ for Students

VIU students are invited to come by the Students' Union to have a burger on us, meet some new people, and find out about our services! We'll have cold drinks...


Activity Assistant Information Session

Are you a trained Health Care Assistant that enjoys engaging with seniors in meaningful activities? Come join us to learn more about our Activity Assistant...

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Cassandra Twiname, a VIU Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Cassandra Twiname

“Being from a small town in Northern B.C., coming to VIU was an easy adjustment with its welcoming atmosphere, small class sizes, approachable professors, and beautiful forested campus. The biology program is challenging but has an amazing faculty who have inspired my love for biology and have been there to help me throughout my academic career.”

Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Biology and Psychology?

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